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Why I Am Traveling to Armenia.

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When I created Mom Spark six years ago (has it seriously been six years???) I had no idea where this publication would lead me. Not the least. Frankly, I wasn’t even sure anyone would take the time to read my words at all.

Fast forward to the present and I am having trouble comprehending how I have been given the chance to travel the world due to this spur-of-the-moment blogging career that was more of a hobby than a career, originally. It just doesn’t seem possible.

Nonetheless, I will continue to embrace and be grateful for these journeys and adventures as they are presented to me and I will continue to share the experiences with you to the best of my ability. My next trip to Armenia with World Vision will be no different.

Why I Am Traveling to Armenia.

Yes, you read that right. Armenia.

The land where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the flood in Genesis, Armenia has long been a land of second chances. See how today, Armenia is getting a second chance after the fall of communism, and how World Vision is helping through child sponsorship and more.

Mount Ararat

Photo: 2003 Jon Warren/World Vision

I have to be honest. I knew very little about Armenian history before receiving the invite. I am embarrassed to say this because Armenia has experienced such grief and heartache in its past that I should have known about. Reading these words brought me to tears:

Armenia was a Soviet republic from 1922 to 1991. During that time, religion in the oldest Christian country in the world was banned. Communism was anti-church. Church property was confiscated. Monasteries were closed. Clergymen were arrested, and some were killed.

In 1988, Armenia suffered a catastrophic earthquake in Gyumri, a place that had thrived with industry. The earthquake killed 25,000 people and left 50,000 more homeless.

In Armenia, World Vision is also working with men, women, and youth in the promotion of gender equality and prevention of prenatal sex selection.

It’s heartbreaking. Every bit of it. And I had absolutely no idea.

The good news is that World Vision, with the support of its donors, is making a difference in Armenia.

In fact, World Vision began work in Armenia when the country needed it most—in 1988 after the terrible earthquake. Today, more than 20,000 Armenian children are sponsored by World Visions’ donors. This is why I have partnered with World Vision in an effort to build awareness around the power of sponsorship in countries like Armenia and why I will be traveling to the country in a couple of weeks to witness the impact myself.

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While in Aremnia, I will also be given the opportunity to meet with a special little girl that I am sponsoring, which will no doubt create a whole host of emotions for both us.

Please join this Armenian journey by following World Vision and the bloggers (including me!) who will be on the trip below. We will be using hashtags #WVBloggers and #Armenia when sharing on social and would love to hear from you while we visit this amazing country.

World Vision USA:                 @WorldVisionUSA

Amy Bellgardt:                       @momspark

Benjamin L. Corey:                @benjamincorey

Matthew Paul Turner:          @JesusNeedsNewPR

Anna Whiston-Donaldson:   @aninchofgray

Jarrid Wilson:                         @JarridWilson

Juli Wilson:                             @JuliWilson

Addie Zierman:                      @addiezierman

Matthew Brennan:                @MatthewBrennan7

Laura Reinhardt:                   @LauraRwv

A big thank you to World Vision for sponsoring my travel, accommodations and meals during my trip to Armenia.